Have you ever accidentally left your cell phone at home? Have you ever had an internet or TV outage? It’s funny how things that were once luxury items can start to feel like necessities. Jesus speaks on the importance of seeking Him first over the trappings of this world.
The key in this passage is to realize that one’s success in life is not measured by the abundance of stuff. Similarly, one’s spirituality is not directly related to frugality. You see, the focus should not be on possessions at all, but rather on seeking first God’s plan and His righteousness (Matthew 6:33). Real satisfaction is found in abiding in Christ and living for His purposes.
This is a parable for our time because many in our country would be confused about why Jesus is saying this man had missed the point. He seems like the sort of man any of us would admire. Jesus does not condemn this man for working hard and being successful. He does not condemn him for being rich. Despite his accumulated abundance of food, this man was starving for true meaning and purpose that would last beyond this life.
The great news is that your true wealth has nothing to do with bank accounts, credit cards, square footage, or cylinders. Because of His death, burial, and resurrection, Jesus made all His followers rich and able to find true value in an eternity secured with Him.